DURATION

14 DAYS

PRICE

 $ 11963.00

WHEN

AUG 6, 2024

DESTINATION

Papua NG

TYPE

SMALL GROUP 

Papua New Guinea Expedition

Embark on an expedition to Papua New Guinea with New Paths Expeditions, boasting 19 years of experience in exploring its remote corners. Beginning in Port Moresby, journey to the Sepik River aboard a comfortable ship to encounter the Crocodile men and their Spirit Houses. Explore the Karawari River for the Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise and cultural insights.

Continue to the Tari Highlands to meet the Huli Wigmen and birdwatch at Tari Gap. Conclude in Mount Hagen for more birdwatching, tribal encounters, nature hikes, and the iconic Mount Hagen Sing-sing. This journey promises encounters with unique wildlife and cultures, offering a transformative experience for seasoned travelers. Papua New Guinea, a land of the unexpected, is sure to leave an indelible mark on your heart and forever alter your perspective of the world.

SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS EXPEDITION

  • Port Moresby tour
  • Pre-Hagen Sing Sing (Intimate and with fewer tourists)
  • The Mount Hagen Sing Sing (The biggest tribal event on Earth)
  • Tari Gap for Birds of Paradise and other wildlife
  • Huli Wigmen
  • Crocodile Men of the Sepik Headwaters
  • Enjoy birding in search of Birds of Paradise
  • Sepik Spirit Navigation
  • Upper Karawari River & Lodge and more
  • Amazing private flights

Exploring PNG is traveling to the stone age, and to enjoy one of the most magnificent wildlife anywhere

Daniel M – Houston. TX

QUESTIONS?


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A 14 DAY EXPEDITION TO MEET CROCODILE PEOPLE, THE HULI WIGMEN, SEARCH FOR BIRDS OF PARADISE, JOIN THE BIGGEST TRIBAL GATHERING IN THE WORLD, AND MUCH MORE FROM US$ 11963.00 EXCLUDING FLIGHTS

Itinerary in Brief

Day 1 

Arrive in Port Moresby

Arrive today in Port Moresby. After clearing immigration and customs and exiting the arrival lounge, you will meet our representatives and check in at the Airways Hotel, the best hotel in Papua New Guinea, located just 5 minutes from the airport.

In the afternoon, your senior leader will provide a complete expedition briefing and orientation, followed by a short tour of the National Museum and Art Gallery and a visit to Port Moresby National Park. 

Afterward, return to your hotel for dinner and rest.

Overnight at Airways Hotel Dakota Wing (D)

Day 2

Charter Flight to Karawari – Embark Sepik Spirit

Transfer from your hotel to Jackson’s airport for your flight to Mt Hagen. At Mount Hagen, connect with your private chartered flight to Karawari, an amazing morning flight over the highlands that later descends to the tropical rain forest of the Karawari River. Upon landing, we embark on jet boats for travel to the junction of the Karawari and Krosmary Rivers, where we plan to arrive in time for lunch on board the Sepik Spirit. This river cruiser will be our home for the next 3 days and nights. Inspired by the spirit houses of the native tribes, this is a small, intimate, and unique-looking ship, and the only one that allows for exploration of these very remote waterways.

Overnight at Sepik Spirit (B, L, D)

Day 3 & 4

Explore the Head Waters of the Sepik River

We will use these two days to explore, on our jet boats, the remote villages found on the headwaters of the Sepik River. Among the people we meet will be the Crocodile People, who were formerly cannibals. These people scar themselves in a ceremonial process to honor their totem, the crocodile, and also their ancestors. We will even be invited into the most sacred of their places – their spirit houses. If you are an art lover, you will also find traditional art to add to your collection.

Needless to say, birdwatching is fantastic both on the river and in the areas surrounding the clan villages, and we will hopefully see more birds of paradise.

Overnight at Sepik Spirit (B, L, D)

Day 5

Explore the Nature and Cultures of Karawari

After breakfast, transfer to Karawari Lodge, nestled on a ridge overlooking the Sepik Basin. Immerse in the unique lifestyle of local communities, rich in rituals and traditions passed down for generations. Explore remote villages by riverboat, witnessing daily activities and traditional ceremonies. Journey through jungle waterways adorned with vibrant flora and abundant birdlife, including the elusive Twelve Wired Bird of Paradise. Experience the timeless harmony between humanity and nature, a glimpse into millennia-old ways of life.

Overnight at Karawari Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 6

Chartered flight to Tari – Home of the Huli

Embark on a scenic flight over Papua New Guinea’s mountains and forests. After breakfast, fly to the Tari Highlands, home to the Huli Wigmen. Depending on weather, land at Ambua Lodge or Tari Town, then travel to the lodge. At Ambua Lodge, situated at 7,000 feet in the Tari Gap region, explore pristine rainforests, cross vine bridges, and discover waterfalls on guided nature walks. Learn about Huli culture and spot up to 13 species of birds of paradise, including the King-of-Saxony and Stephanie’s astrapia

Overnight at Ambua Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 7 & 8

Tari, Land of the Huli and Birds of Paradise

The Tari Basin, home to the Huli clans, offers a rare glimpse into a culturally intact society. Known for their fierce history and distinctive appearance adorned with elaborate wigs, adorned with flowers and bird of paradise feathers, the Huli provide a unique cultural experience. Days at Ambua Lodge are filled with birding excursions, visits to Huli Wigmen, and opportunities to explore nature. It’s a journey back in time to a traditional way of life shaped by ancestral beliefs and sorcery.

Overnight at Ambua Lodge (B, L, D)

Day 9

To the Highlands on a Private Flight – Nature Walk

Early morning breakfast and check out for your room. Transfer to the airport in time for your charter flight to Mt. Hagen over vast tracts of highlands grasslands, besides some of the tallest mountains in the country. This is a spectacular flight. Mount Hagen town is in the upper Waghi Valley – some of the oldest evidence of agriculture in the world. Once in Mount Hagen, enjoy a scenic drive up the mountains to the beautiful Rondon Ridge Lodge. The views and nature that surround it are simply amazing. An afternoon guided nature walk and birding tour will enable you to explore the area surrounding the Lodge grounds in search of Birds of Paradise.

Overnight at Rondon Ridge (B, L, D)

Day 10

The Melpa People

Embark on a cultural journey with the Melpa People, whose traditions date back 9,000 years. Explore local villages where villagers share insights into tribal customs, including rites of widowed women, marriage, funerals, and rules of tribal warfare. Learn about the famed Pogla Mudmen and their unique traditional dress, steeped in ancient legend. It’s an immersive experience into the rich heritage of the Melpa people and their way of life.

Overnight at Rondon Ridge (B, L, D)

Day 11

Pre-Show Sing Sing

Experience the Mount Hagen Sing Sing, a gathering of over 100 men and women from diverse tribes across the highlands and coastal areas. Despite its smaller scale, the event offers an intimate and authentic cultural experience. Witness participants preparing their traditional dress and adornments, interact with performers, and capture memorable moments. Immerse yourself in the vibrant dancing and festivities in a beautiful village setting without the crowds, creating a meaningful and memorable experience for all.

Overnight at Rondon Ridge (B, L, D)

Day 12

Mount Hagen Sing Sing – Back to Port Moresby

Prepare for an unforgettable experience at the Mount Hagen Show, renowned for its cultural richness and vibrancy. Witness 60 to 100 tribes showcasing traditional customs and body paintings, reflecting Papua New Guinea’s diverse landscape. After the mesmerizing show, transfer to the airport for your flight to Port Moresby. Upon arrival, settle into your modern and comfortable hotel conveniently located near the airport. It’s a day filled with sensory delights and lasting memories.

Overnight at Airways Hotel Dakota Wing (B, L, D)

Day 13

Explore Port Moresby

After breakfast, visit the National Botanical Gardens now changed into Nature Park; and the Hanuabada (big village) to see the collection of ramshackle houses built on stilts.

Once back at the hotel and after time to relax, enjoy a cocktail and farewell dinner.

Overnight at Airways Hotel Dakota Wing  (B, D)

Day 14

Fly Back Home

Transfer from your hotel to Jackson’s airport for your international flight. (B)

Lodgings

Airways Hotel – Port Moresby

This is the best hotel in all of Papua New Guinea. Located just 5 minutes from the airport, it not only has modern facilities but also lovely surrounding vistas. We have blocked rooms in the Bacchus Wing on the ground floor, and these are comfortable rooms with air conditioning, a safety deposit box, and modern bathrooms with all the needed amenities. The restaurants and bars on the hotel’s upper floor provide great views and the best food in the country. The Airways includes a gym and shops where fine and tribal art objects, as well as souvenirs, are available. WiFi is available in the guest rooms and lobby, but it can be slow or fail altogether temporarily.

Ambua Lodge – Tari Gap

Located at 7,000 feet in the middle of the cloud forest, Ambua Lodge not only offers beautiful common areas and fantastic food but is rightfully considered to be the best accommodation in the Tari area. The lodge staff is composed mainly of local people and is known for providing warm and friendly service. The rooms are simple, but come with electricity, electric blankets, and hot running water. There could be temporary power outages, but these do not interfere with the enjoyment of the stay, and generally service is restored quickly. The lodge gardens are simply beautiful, and the grounds and nearby nature walks provide excellent birding opportunities.

Mount Hagen – Rondon Ridge

Rondon Ridge is located 7,100ft above sea level on the fringes of the Kubor mountain range. With panoramic views of the Wahgi Valley down below, it is a great location for an exploration of the Highlands.

The lodge is a 40-minute drive from Mt Hagen town and features 24 rooms with modern en-suite bathrooms. Electricity is generated from the lodge’s own hydroelectric power plant which harnesses the power of a nearby mountain stream. There is also a bright and spacious restaurant and lounge area overlooking the forest.

Sepik Spirit – Sepik River

The Sepik Spirit is the best, and the only ship that navigates the headwaters of the Sepik River. This is a comfortable ship designed to look like a tribal spirit house and features artistic, handcrafted woodwork made by the local tribes. Air conditioning is available in all the guest rooms and the common areas. Rooms have comfortable beds, large windows, and ensuite bathrooms with hot running water. The food aboard the ship is good and the lounge cozy and relaxing. The Sepik Spirit is equipped with jet boats for exploration (please be aware that jet boat engines are loud and vibrate, so if you have sensitive ears, please include earplugs in your luggage).

Karawari Lodge – Karawari 

Perched high on the banks of the remote Karawari River, and built to resemble a spirit house, the Karawari Lodge includes an impressive collection of tribal art as well as providing beautiful vistas, especially the unforgettable, color-saturated sunsets. The lodge rooms are basic, with fans and mosquito nets. Electricity is spotty, and although it is a beautiful property, because of the rusticity of the rooms, we are staying here only one night. However, your stay will be unforgettable in a good way.

Expedition Leader

Jorge Salas

With 21 years of experience exploring and photographing Papua New Guinea, Jorge is one of the most experienced Leaders on the Island. An honorary member of two clans, Jorge has explored the remote corners of PNG and guarantees access to the best that the country has to offer. He is a recognized travel photographer and author, published by Smithsonian, WWF among many others.

Jorge is the Founder and President of NPE.

Departure Dates & Rates

DEPARTURE

Aug 6, 2024

PRICE

$ 11963.00

Single Supplement

$ 5220.00

DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

$ 4231.00

COMPLETE DETAILS
RESERVATION

Note: All prices are in US$, per person, and based on double occupancy.
*Domestic Air prices are estimated and may change due to cost variation by the airlines.
** Some special conditions apply, please check the single supplement section of the expedition booklet by downloading the complete details.
The expedition needs 8 guests to depart.

Details

Included in the Land Cost:

  • 24/7 services of a Senior Leader during the expedition.
  • Services of English-speaking local guides and naturalists.
  • All ground transportation (including airport transfers) if arriving on day one, and leaving on the last day (If you arrive before day 1, or leave after the expedition ended, extra charges for airport transfers may apply).
  • Accommodations as noted.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees, and visits as noted.
  • Meals as noted.
  • Bottled water during meals, transfers, and tours.
  • Services of transfer assistants, drivers, and local staff.
  • Gratuities for luggage porters, transfer assistants, and restaurant staff.

Not Included:

  • International flights.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Gratuity for Local Guides; Drivers and Expedition Leader.
  • Personal expenses and incidentals, such as, but not limited to, phone calls, e-mail, and laundry.
  • Trip cancellation, travel delay, and baggage loss insurance.

Deposits and final payments:

  • A deposit of US $1,500.00 per participant is required at the time of booking.
  • The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.

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